Janitor accused of sneaking gun into secured area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport

Mikenson Regis
Posted at 6:04 AM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 06:58:39-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A janitor at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was arrested after bringing a gun to work and hiding it in a secured area at the terminal.

This breach occurs two years after an armed gunman killed five people inside the Terminal Two baggage claim.

According to federal investigators, 27-year-old Mikenson Regis hid a bag with a pistol and ammunition in the drop ceiling of a janitor closet in Terminal Three on May 21.

A construction worker made the alarming discovery hours later.

According to court documents, video surveillance capturing the moments as Regis arrives to work here curbside for his shift and in his hand is a blue bag. It was the same blue bag investigators say they found hidden inside the janitor's closet at Terminal Three.

Federal agents say Regis, who was an employee with Sunshine Cleaning Systems, swiped his employee badge to access the secured area, avoiding security checkpoints.

Inside that bag was a Ruger 9mm handgun, one loaded and one unloaded magazine and a box of ammunition with 33 rounds.

Sunshine Cleaning releasing the following statement, saying in part:

"Sunshine is fully cooperating in this investigation ... Sunshine has over 400 employees working at FLL. Our employees have all been trained in the security protocols ... and they have done an outstanding job in keeping the airport clean for over 33 years."

Regis will remain in jail. A federal judge will determine whether or not to grant him bond on Friday.